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Amon Amarth
The Avenger (re-release)
June 2009
Released: 2009, Metal Blade
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Alan Gilkeson

At the time of THE AVENGER's release, Amon Amarth had cemented themselves firmly as leaders of the oft corny Viking Metal genre. And though lyrically and thematically they lacked some substance, there's no denying that constant growls of 'die', 'sacrifice' and 'war' certainly set the mood at destruction level.

But no one really cared about all that anyway because Amon Amarth made Melodic Death Metal a household term. New, fiery, and guttural, it was hard to find anything wrong with this record. Re-released through Metal Blade, re-mastered and repackaged with a second disc consisting of the second show from “Bloodshed over Bochum”, filmed on December 29th in Bochum, Germany, in which Amon Amarth played THE AVENGER in its entirety.

Unfortunately, it's a pretty horrible live recording. The original album sounds great re-mastered, but disc 2 is basically crap. The band sounds decent but they sound low in the mix, and certainly the intensity of an Amon Amarth gig goes uncaptured. I love that Metal Blade is fixing up and re-releasing the first four albums, but let's hope the other bonus material is better than that we find here.

Metal Rules interview with guitarist Olavi Mikkonen
Track Listing

1. Bleed For Ancient Gods
2. The Last With Pagan Blood
3. North Sea Storm
4. Avenger
5. God, His Son And Holy Whore
6. Metalwrath
7. Legend Of A Banished Man
8. Thor Arise (Bonus Track)
9. Bleed For Ancient Gods (Live)
10. The Last With Pagan Blood (Live)
11. North Sea Storm (Live)
12. Avenger (Live)
13. God, His Son And Holy Whore (Live)
14. Metalwrath (Live)
15. Legend Of A Banished Man (Live)


Ted Lundstrom (bass)
Fredrik Andersson (drums)
Johan Hegg (vocals)
Olavi Mikkonen (guitar)
Johan Soderberg (guitar)

Concert Reviews

» Children of Bodom, Trivium, Amon Amarth: Live In Vancouver: November 22, 2005

» Children of Bodom / Amon Amarth in NYC

» Amon Amarth / Finntroll / Octavia Sperati - Carling Academy, Islington / London, England

» Dimmu Borgir / Amon Amarth / Engel - The Forum, London

» Amon Amarth / Himsa / Sonic Syndicate - Live in NYC: 12/3/07

» Amon Amarth / Obituary / Legion of the Damned / Keep of Kalessin - The Forum, London

» Amon Amarth / Goatwhore / Skeletonwitch Live in Orlando - May 1, 2009

» Amon Amarth with Entombed on the Twilight Of The Thunder God Scandinavian at Kb in Malmoe, Sweden

» CHILDREN OF BODOM, Amon Amarth, Ensiferum @ HMV Forum, London

» Amon Amarth: Live in Calgary, Canada Aug. 6th, 2011

» AMON AMARTH @ HMV Forum, London

» AMON AMARTH/Grand Magus/In Solitude@ Mandela Hall, Belfast

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